The Ames Tribune reported on four U.S. Representatives who visited Ames Laboratory on Monday, February 24: The Ames Laboratory received bipartisan praise from U.S. congressmen for its work and research with rare earth minerals. A congressional delegation including Reps. Jim Baird, R-Ind., Bill Foster, D-Ill., Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, toured of the Ames Laboratory’s Sensitive Instrument Facility on the Iowa State University Campus, which opened in 2014. It features electron microscopes that are kept in vibration-free and static-free environments. Other stops in the group tour included the Advanced Powder Synthesis facility, CMI's Controlled Atmospheric Materials Processing System (CAMPS) and the Materials Preparation Center.